Data Entry Operator Salary (United States)

Data Entry Operators in the United States usually make around $12.12 per hour. Pay begins at $9.13 per hour on the low end and climbs to $16.45 near the top. Geographic location is the biggest factor affecting pay for this group, followed by years of experience. While some workers in this profession—about a third—do not have any health coverage, a majority do receive medical benefits and more than half have dental insurance. Men are in the minority in the field, with female Data Entry Operators making up 76 percent of workers. Most people in this profession are content with their work, and moderate levels of job satisfaction are reported. This summary is derived from information collected in the PayScale salary survey.
Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$21,578 - $45,274
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MEDIAN: $31,675
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Data Entry Operator Salary (?
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$9.13 - $16.45
(Median)
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MEDIAN: $12.00
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National Salary Data

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$0$16K$32K$48K
Salary
$21,578 - $45,274  
   
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 85
National Hourly Rate Data (?
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$0$9$18$27
Hourly Rate
$9.13 - $16.45  
   
Overtime
$12.23 - $24.08  
National Annualized Data (?
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$0$18K$36K$54K
Bonus
$0.00 - $1,452  
   
Profit Sharing
$250.00 - $1,523  
Total Pay (?
XTotal Pay combines base annual salary or hourly wage, bonuses, profit sharing, tips, commissions, overtime pay and other forms of cash earnings, as applicable for this job. It does not include equity (stock) compensation, cash value of retirement benefits, or the value of other non-cash benefits (e.g. healthcare).
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$19,287 - $38,304  
PayScale
Country: United States | Currency: USD | Updated: 3 Sep 2014 | Individuals Reporting: 454
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Job Description for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators transcribe data from various sources and documents and enter data into an online computer system via a PC. Operators will utilize the data to create and update databases. Roles will include operating a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records and maintaining a daily count of all claims processes. Data Entry Operators should be detail-oriented and be able to enter data quickly with minimal errors. Editing skills are required. Operators will need to be able to check over work quickly and correct any errors found in their work. Data Entry Operators should able to input between 8,000 and 10,000 keystrokes per hour. Familiarity with computers and computer systems is a plus, particularly spreadsheet and data entry software.
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Data Entry Operator Tasks
  • Receive all documents and enter the data into the on-line system on the PC.
  • Operate a data entry device to input and maintain lists and records.
  • Create and update databases.
  • Maintain a daily count of all claims processed.

Common Career Paths for Data Entry Operator

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Though some Data Entry Operators move into positions like Office Manager (where salaries climb a $11,133), this progression is not the norm. Career advancement for Data Entry Operators often leads to becoming Administrative Assistants or Data Entry Specialists, where they can earn $4,437 or $2,014 more per year.

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Popular Skills for Data Entry Operator

Data Entry Operators note just a narrow range of job skills. Skills that pay less than market rate include Customer Service. It is often found that people who know Data Entry are also skilled in Customer Service.

Pay by Experience Level for Data Entry Operator

Median of all compensation (including tips, bonus, and overtime) by years of experience.
For Data Entry Operators, experience is not a major factor in determining pay, and incremental pay growth is standard. After five to 10 years, the typical starting salary of $25K climbs to $27K. After 10 to 20 years, salary hovers around $29K. As Data Entry Operators reach 20 years on the job, salary increases slow down a bit, averaging $30K. Experienced employees who have 10-20 years of experience make up 23 percent of the workforce; inexperienced individuals who have been working for less than one year comprise 5 percent, and senior people with more than 20 years under their belt fill out the remaining 13 percent. Between one and nine years of experience is the norm for people in this field—more than half of those surveyed fit this bill.

Pay Difference By Location

Chicago
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National Average
$26,000
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Chicago is home to an above-average pay rate for Data Entry Operators, 18 percent higher than the national average. Data Entry Operators will also find cushy salaries in New York (+10 percent) and Houston (+4 percent). Trailing the national average by 2 percent, Tampa is the market with the smallest paychecks.

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Experience Affects Data Entry Operator Salaries

Late-Career
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Experienced
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National Average
$26,000
Entry-Level
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Skills That Affect Data Entry Operator Salaries

Data Entry
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Typing
0%
National Average
$26,000
Customer Service
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Job Satisfaction

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Rated 4 out of 5 based on 92 votes.

Gender

Female
76%
female alumni
 
Male
24%
male alumni

Years of Experience

Less than 1 year
5%
1-4 years
37%
5-9 years
22%
10-19 years
23%
20 years or more
13%

Common Health Benefits

medical benefits Medical: 65% dental benefits Dental: 52%
vision benefits Vision: 41% employee benefits None: 32%
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